AUSTIN, Texas -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is demonstrating a 64-bit Opteron processor with two parallel processing cores, the company said Tuesday (Aug. 31).
The processor, previously known as "Egypt", "Italy" or "Denmark" depending on how many are used together in a computer, was made using a 90-nanometer silicon-on-insulator manufacturing process.
Four of the dual-processing core processors are being put into a Hewlett Packard ProLiant DL585 server for demonstrations being held at the company's Austin facilities, the company said.
The use of multiple processing cores on a single die is considered a power efficient way to increase performance and reduce power consumption at the cost of increased die area.
AMD claimed it is the first company to directly connect two cores on the same die along with the memory controller, I/O and other processors. AMD said the dual-processing-core Opteron would not be made available commercially until mid-2005.
"The Solaris OS combined with the AMD Opteron processor-based Sun servers and workstations will take full advantage of the AMD64 dual-core architecture, managing multi-threaded applications with superior efficiency and performance," said John Fowler, executive vice president of the Network Systems group at Sun Microsystems Inc., in a statement issued by AMD.
The original Opteron processor was designed with a cross-bar switch on-chip to allow the inclusion of a second processing core. The dual-core Opteron is based on the original Opteron's 940-pin packaging.